Industrial Photography – A Tribute to Progress

The sceneries of large industrial facilities, construction sites, and images of giant equipments, pipelines, chimneys, tanks, etc. have always inspired artists to create visual works, commonly tagged as “industrial”. Industrial photography is one of the most common forms of such art, where particular manufacturing or production surroundings are at sharp focus. Whether it is a modern, highly technological plant with the definite signs of rapid progress and constant motion apparently expressed by its even smallest detail or, on the contrary, an abandoned quarry, where the time itself seems to be frozen and stiff, – an eye of a skillful photographer can always find the particular angle, where an industrial scene can be turned into an artful panorama with highlighted focus and meaningful details at the sidelines.

Industrial photography is capable of provoking the most vivid emotions, ranging from the pride in human evolution and technological achievements to the shame at the horrible environmental consequences of industrial revolution. Many of the industrial photographs were meant to show people that very long price, which not only present but all the consecutive generations will have to pay for our “experimenting” with nuclear energy, devastating natural resources, and trying to interfere with the natural course of life on planet Earth. Blinded with financial or social revenues of industrial progress, we often miss the real value and price of our progress. Thanks to its ability to “freeze” the moment, photography offers us a chance to reconsider the situation, object, or event, and get to the true quintessence of the scene.

Factory Smoke by Miroslav Petrasko

Old Silo by Miroslav Petrasko

Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord by Jörg Dickmann

Industry Blues by Daniel Cheong

Industrial remains by Till Krech

Pipes by Jörg Dickmann

Siemens-Schuckert by Andreas Reinhold

R e d t o o l b o x by Tommy O’Dell

Corus by vandekaart

End of industry 1s by Bob Merco

Photo by Andreas Reinhold

S-P-I-D-E-R by Shantideva

Fish without Sea by Shantideva

Turbine room – Power station by marco_an78

Pièce de résistance by Stygian Echo

@:-| by Alessandro Pozzi

Abandoned Industry (Part I) by Jörg Dickmann

Brewery by Matthias Haker

The Evil Twins! by Batram

Kris Kringles Gift Machine! Part 2 by Batram

Rusty Wheels by Jörg Dickmann

Transfo by Shantideva

Metal factory in the city… by David Charniaux

The old world will burn in the fires of industry … by Ásmundur Þorkelsson

Duel by Browni63

Xebru by Shantideva

Underground by Batram

German submarine U-505 by Rafael Ferreira

Le Cuirassé by _MrQ*s_

Murmageddon by Tom Thiel

Mr. Bigshovel by Browni63

Spaghetti Pipes by Shantideva

Under Pressure! by Batram

Centrale thermique by Sven Fennema

Outpost by Philippe Deltgen

Silo by Jesper Larsen

Euromax by Reografie

Industry by bridgepix

FDC – the mothership by Marc Duiker

A Storm is Brewing Over Battersea Power Station by Fred255 Photography

The Bound Giant! by Batram

Aliens playground by Browni63

Growing Aida by Horst Wendling

Bolster Bolts by Shane Gorski

Industrial pipe by Beezqp

West Pier, Brighton by Jake Spain

Good Days Are Over XIV by Andreas Elste

Indunosaur…no.2 by Pawel Murczak

Dinosaurs I by R-YEN

Lonesome excavator by derfabo

Industrial beauty by Gundross

Nightmare for Tripods by Michael Baldwin

The Start of the Pipes by Michael Baldwin

Abandoned VI by Jakub Kubica

Conduits by Jakub Kubica

MIAG IV by Andreas Elste

Abandoned V by Jakub Kubica

Weakening by Justin Jew

Machines R Us HDR by Isik Mater

The Olde Mill No. 1 by TheVenomousSwan

Lost world… 4 by Pawel Murczak

Chasis by V4ult

Time Machine by ellysdoghouse

Rusty Stairs by Matthias Haker

Morbid Huge Mixer by Doruk Kekevi

Rings by kromo

Cogs and Sprockets II by Henrik Sundholm

Industrial Landscape by ArathornPhotography


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